HERE COMES THE CRUISER TRAIN

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Mbizi is one of the most pop­u­lar camp­sites in Bela-Bela, but when more than 400 Toy­ota Land Cruis­ers de­scend here on one day, camp­ing be­comes an af­ter­thought. Year af­ter year, Mar­ius Op­per­man tries to see how many Cruis­ers they can get to­gether on the same day – and then they see how many of those ve­hi­cles they can get to drive in con­voy. Mar­ius un­der­stands the lo­gis­tics of this type of event, be­cause he’s in­volved in Afrikaans pay-chan­nel kykNET’s out­door ex­pos. Last year they man­aged to get 427 Cruis­ers to­gether, and 359 of them drove in a 22 km long con­voy. This year, how­ever, the record was shat­tered. Cruiser owners who wanted to par­take had to reg­is­ter and then spec­ify with what type of Cruiser they were com­ing. Any model – from an FJ Cruiser, Prado, Cruiser 79 bakkies to the Cruis­ers 76 and 200 – were al­lowed. Even Lexus mod­els were wel­come. On this day no fewer than 431 Land Cruis­ers gath­ered at Mbizi, of which 415 drove in the con­voy. It was 23 km long and they drove an av­er­age speed of 30 km/h. Af­ter the first car in the con­voy pulled off, the last one had to wait 40 min­utes be­fore it could take off. The Cruiser with the high­est mileage on the clock was Pi­eter Baninga’s 1975 model F45 with a whop­ping 2 600 000 km to its name – yes, 2,6 mil­lion! – while Jac­ques Oden­daal trav­elled the far­thest dis­tance to get to the event: 1 567 km from Kuils River. Con­tact Mar­ius Op­per­man 082 570 5758

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